Jillian Dexheimer has been a copy editor and reporter for the River Falls Journal since 2011. She previously worked for the River Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Dexheimer holds a sociology degree from UW-River Falls.
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Parks Committee Chairman Dennis Zielski again presented his proposal for Anderson Park, W9978 792 St., to the Town of River Falls board Dec. 19. Zielski asked the board to allow $1,800 for the planting of native grasses and wildflowers at the park. During the Dec. 5 regular board meeting, Zielski was asked to present again with a clearer vision for the future. He returned to the Dec. 19 Town Board meeting with a more concise proposal, including a maintenance plan, a planting plan and a plat of the park.
We are right in the middle of the holidays. All presents have been unwrapped and the new year's on the horizon. Change is in the air. People are thinking of the ways 2012 is going to be better. 2011 was a tough year for many. The economy has yet to improve. Many are out of work. Our politicians seem bent on further dividing our nation. A new year always comes with a promise of change and prosperity. This year I started my new-year change early. I've just finished my first week at a new job here at the Journal.
Local home schooled students recently showed off their speaking skills at an open house and mock meeting held at Faith Lutheran Church, 545 Apollo Rd. The nine students, grades 7-9, trained with mentors Lori Meyer and Diane Bennett from the Hudson Rise 'n Shine Toastmasters for nine weeks before presenting to family and friends. Pictured are left to right; front row: Elizabeth Wagner, Susanna Metcalf, Carleigh Roettger, and Ally Thomas. Back row: Collin Roettger, Isabel Schmenk, Reneah Arndt, Lori Meyer, Abigail Inlow, and Ben Gabriel.
There is still no word if District 4 City Council member Bob Hughes will seek re-election. While two other citizens have already filed to run for his council seat, Hughes' decision remains a mystery. Hughes is still embroiled in a Pierce County Circuit Court case involving charges for marijuana possession at his residence in September. Repeated attempts by the Journal to contact Hughes have gone unanswered. Look for more on this story plus an update on City Council candidate filings in the Dec. 28 print edition of the River Falls Journal.
At the Dec. 19 Town of River Falls board meeting the parks committee asked for reconsideration on the Anderson Park, W9978 792 St., budget. Dennis Zielski, parks committee chairman, asked the board to allow $1,800 for the planting of native grasses and wildflowers at the park. During the Dec. 5 regular board meeting, Zielski was asked to re-present at a later date, with a clearer vision for the future. He came to this meeting with a more concise vision for the future but was still denied his request.